Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Ireland has to do more to curb climate change' - Ban Ki Moon

Sam Griffin and Mark O'Regan

Published 26/05/2015 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins pictured with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon during Ban Ki Moon's visit to Aras an Uachtarain
President Michael D Higgins pictured with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon during Ban Ki Moon's visit to Aras an Uachtarain

Ireland needs to do more to curb climate change before it is too late, the UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon has warned.

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Mr Ban was speaking at a event in Dublin Castle on the second day of his three-day visit here. He praised the country for being a "champion" in its efforts to conquer world hunger, but said it had failed to treat climate change seriously.

"For too long, the response to climate change has been hindered by entrenched national interests.

"If we take action today, it may not be too late," he stressed, adding that a failure to do so may lead us to a "very regrettable situation".

He also met President Michael D Higgins for a private lunch before speaking with UN refugees who have been resettled in Ireland.

He spoke of his own experience of displacement during the Korean War.

After his address at Dublin Castle he enjoyed a pint of Guinness in Grogan's Pub in Dublin city centre.

Irish Independent

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